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(James 5:16, NLT) The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

(1 John 5:14-15, NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching GOD: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

PRAY LIKE THIS

Jesus gave us the perfect pattern to    COMMUNICATE    with GOD

(Matthew 6:7-13, NLT) “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

Follow Jesus’    EXAMPLE    not a    RITUAL  

Seven aspects of highly effective prayer:

1. It begins with    TRUST  

2. Connect with Him    RELATIONALLY  

3. Apply His    NAME  

4. Pray His    AGENDA    first

5. Trust Him to provide what you    NEED    not just what you    WANT  

6.    FORGIVE    others so that you can receive His    FORGIVENESS  

7. Seek the     PROTECTION    of His    CHARACTER  

MAKING THE CONNECTION

(Hebrews 11:6, NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I need to ask myself these three questions:

1. Am I willing to    PERSONALLY ENGAGE    in the relationship?

2. Am I willing to    SURRENDER    my agenda for His?

3. Am I willing to    TRUST    that He’s listening?

FRESH START

(Jeremiah 29:12-13, NLT) “In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Next Steps: Follow His    EXAMPLE    and receive His    CHARACTER  

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